As a long-time fan of Bentley Little, I've only really found myself disappointed by two of his novels, those being 'Houses' and 'Guests'. And now the author scores a hat-trick as I find myself being disappointed with 'The Walking', too. Perhaps I've been spoilt by fantastic novels like 'The Association' and 'The Mailman' but, whatever the reason, 'The Walking' just didn't cut it.
The book starts off well enough, with an intriguing idea - a man is horrified to learn that his father has died... despite the fact that the deceased continues to walk around his room in a neverending circle. And it isn't an isolated case - the same thing is happening in various parts of the country. People die, but refuse to stay still. And nobody quite knows why.
Every second chapter delves back into the events of a century earlier, giving the reader more clues as to why the present-day dead are walking. And then, for me at least, the story gets far too ridiculous for its own good, and my suspension of disbelief stretched way past its elastic limit and snapped. But to say any more would be to spoil it for those who are tempted to read it. Although I can add that this isn't simply a zombie story. No, there's more to it than that. Unfortunately, the reason for why the dead are still animate just had me throwing my hands up in near-disgust.
I'm sorry to say that, of the three Little novels that have disappointed me, this ranks as the lowest. Avoid, unless you like your horror as ridiculous and as far-fetched as is humanly possible.